Looking to add some adventure to your next winter outting? We've got five extreme sports you can't pass up.
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With only one entry and exit point, going below the ice can be dangerous, but it's worth it. Ice diving transports you to a totally different world, one with crystal-clear water and alien marine life. Getting ready requires training beyond a regular certification—go to padi.com to find a course. Then visit our favorite location: Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies.
Like the idea of clawing your way up 100 feet of frozen water with axes in your hands? Then ice climbing should be at the top of your winter adventure list. But before you even think about trying it on your own, brush up on your rock wall skills and go on a few climbs with an experienced guide. Check rockandice.com for tips, experts, and info on how to book a guided trip.
A mix of windsurfing and ice boating, ice surfing is perfect for speed junkies. Without liquid's heavy resistance slowing you down, surfing across ice on blades of steel can send you rocketing at speeds of up to 70 mph—just watch out for thin ice. Consider Canyon Ferry Reservoir in Helena, MT, if you're interested in giving ice surfing a try.
Bummed that your prime biking trails are all covered with snow and slush? Try hitting those same slopes with a ski bike. These bike frames with skis instead of wheels allow you to sit, steer, and wind down a mountain in one of the easiest winter sports around. Go to americanskibike.org to learn more about some of the top ski biking locales.
If you want to experience an Olympic sport without training for it, bobsledding is the way to go. All you need to do is show up and let a professionally trained driver do all the work for you as you travel down the icy track at speeds of up to 90 mph. Call up Whiteface in Lake Placid (518-523-4436), home of the 1980 Winter Olympics, to reserve a spot.